Lil Tjay who goes by the real name, Tione Merrit, is an aspiring rapper from New York who has become an internet sensation just at the age of 17. He is also recognized as the Justin Bieber of the Bronx for his melodic flow.
Quick Facts and Information on Lil Tjay
|Date of Birth||30th April 2001|
|Country||United States of America|
|Address||The Bronx, New York|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Net Worth||About 50 K|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud|
|Height||5’9 Feet (175 cm)|
Lil Tjay’s Early Life, Real Name, Father/ Mother?
Lil Tjay’s real name is Tione Merritt. He and his siblings lived along with their mother in an apartment at 183rd Street in The Bronx, New York. The details of his father are currently unknown.
TJAY has stated that he was the problem child of the family. He got into fights in his neighborhood and school from and even committed petty thefts from a young age. However, he was a very well-behaved child at home and his mother was shocked when she found what he had been doing when he was not home.
In 2016, at the age of 15, while he just on his middle school, he was convicted for a robbery and spent a year in a youth detention center in New York.
This really become a turning point in his life and the year-long sentencing forced him to reconsider the choices he was making in his life. During his time at the center, he started writing lyrics and decided to seek a life without crime.
After his release, he made a promise to his mother that he would mend his ways. Also, in an interview with the Rollingstone, Tjay expressed,
“It was not fun. It’s not nothing that I would want to do again, but I learned a lot from it. I feel like if I wasn’t to go to jail, I probably wouldn’t be the person I am — I wouldn’t. Cause I wouldn’t have sat down and wrote those songs and I never would’ve been able to focus on what I want to accomplish. So, it’s like it was actually a good thing for me. It made me open my eyes and stuff like that.”
He further added,
“When I had came out of jail I seen a lot of my friends go into jail, stuff like that. Once I realized music was working, I was getting money off of shows and I figured that I could find success through music. I realized it’s no reason to just be doing just on the block, doing illegal stuff. I see a lot of motivation that come from [that] — a lot of people look at me like, ‘Damn, it’s a way out.’”
Lil Tjay’s Professional Career: YouTube, Instagram, Twitter & Soundcloud
While TJAY was still getting into fights and robbing people, he recorded a few songs on his computer and phone in a traditional hip hop style. A glimpse of his songs before he was famous has been posted on YouTube on June 17, 2016.
At the age of 16, he stepped into the music industry with the song “DON’T GOTTA EXPLAIN” with Lil Tut on 22nd September 2017.
He then dropped a track titled Resume, which became the highlight of his musical career. The track was streamed more than 9 million times on his SoundCloud account.
In January 2018, he released the track Resume on YouTube, which received over 10 million views while he was still just 16 year’s old. As the rapper rose to the fame, he dropped other tracks such as “Goat,” “Ride For You,” and “Long Time” in 2018.
His Valentine special track “Ride For You” became a viral hit with more than 10 million streaming on the Soundcloud. The track has also already amassed 3.5 million views on YouTube.
What really brought Lil Tjay into the mainstream was his song “Brothers” which has been viewed over 26 million times on YouTube and over 27 million times on Soundcloud.
Tjay’s ever-growing popularity soon ushered in responses from record producers. In 2018, he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and just to remind you he is just in his teenage.
In December of 2018, he released his first EP, ‘No Comparison’
According to an interview published on ‘Pitchfork,’ TJAY is presently working on his first studio album.
He also collaborated with Sky Katz and released a song “Like This” on Feb 13. The song has already been viewed over 200 K times in just 2 weeks.
Lil Tjay is slowly gaining popularity in all the social media platforms.
|Over 630 k|
|YouTube||Over 240 k|
|Soundcloud||Over 165 K|
He is not active in twitter and his fake twitter account has more followers than his real one
Lil Tjay’s Net Worth
Lil Tjay is estimated to have a net worth of $ 50k mainly through his music sales and his recent deal with Colombia Records. Tjay has amassed quite an impressive net worth at such a young age and all within a short span of time. His net worth will only increase if he keeps up his work and stays out of trouble.
Lil Tjay’s Girlfriend
In an interview with ‘Pitchfork,’ TJAY has admitted that he has never been in a relationship. While he had feelings for various girls over the years, he has never committed. He also admitted that he is currently interested in a non-celebrity girl from his area but has not approached her.
Tjay also elaborated on why he does not commit to the girl that he is interested in. He said,
“Because it didn’t start till after [I got popular]. Like bro, we didn’t have this before, and there’s something in the back of my mind that tells me that. But she’s easy to talk to about regular shit. I make sure she does her homework, she gonna graduate soon. I should’ve been about to graduate too, but she keeps me on my grind.”